5 Tricks to Get Your Cold Shower to Heat Up

Is your shower really cold or continuously fluctuating? No matter how much you turn your knob, it’s impossible to be comfortable in such extreme temperatures. Beyond the inconvenience, the cold water is a sign that your water flow may be unsafe and unsanitary. We have five tricks to get your cold shower to heat up for each of these possible issues: 

  • Not Enough Hot Water
  • Opt for Improved Pipes and Valves
  • Replace Pressure Balanced Valves
  • Faulty Mixing Valve
  • Cross Connected Pipes

There can be many reasons why your shower is cold, but the sure-fire way to know is by calling the professionals at Living Services. Our plumbers can repair any shower, toilet, or plumbing issue quickly, anywhere in Toronto. Don’t waste time and money; call the experts at Living Services today! 

Not Enough Hot Water

The issue you may be running into could be as simple as not having enough hot water in your tank. Though there are many different water heaters with different water tanks, most have a maximum capacity of 40 gallons. Meaning, if you use heavy water appliances often or have a big family, you may run into this problem often. 

You can opt for changing your lifestyle and schedule your showers for when there is less appliance usage, so they aren’t running at once. If the problem persists, check your faucets to see if the problem is localized. If so, it’s time to call the Living Services plumbers!

Opt for Improved Pipes and Valves

Another way to resolve low hot water capacity is to survey and replace your pipes and valves. Most showers have an RSL, a circular plastic part that you can turn to adjust the hot water flow. The RSL is often used to keep the water at a safe temperature, but it could be why you’re facing cold temperatures.

In general, you can lower water use and limit water temperature issues by installing flow efficient pipes and valves. By using these features, you’ll have more time to enjoy warm temperatures.

Replace Pressure Balanced Valves

Pressure Balanced Valves regulate pressure and temperatures. A common issue many people run into is that their valves become corroded over time because of mineral build up. This build up acn ruin valves and cartridges. The problem intensifies if a certain valve is not used very often. Replacing a faucet valve requires completely taking the faucet apart. If you want a confident and seamless valve replacement, contact our professional plumbers at Living Services today!

Faulty Mixing Valve

As the name suggests, this valve mixes your cold and hot water together to create the perfect temperature for your use. If you’re noticing your other faucets are producing hot and cold water properly, and you’ve isolated your issue to one faucet, this could be the problem. These mixing valves can crack, break, or be negatively affected if their o-ring fails. Replacing a mixing valve is one of the more complicated tasks, and it’s recommended to hire a seasoned professional, like ours over at Living Services.

Cross Connected Pipes

This issue is more common in older homes. These pipes were installed to balance the flow of hot and cold water. Now people tend to have modern mixing valves in newer homes, or when they update their pipe systems. For more serious reconstructions such as this it’s important to have a professional assess your pipes and valves along with finding the best replacement.

 If it seems overwhelming, don’t hesitate to call the Living Services experts today!


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